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Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee


Full name: Central Health and Disability Ethics Committee

Short name: Central HDEC

Abbreviation: CEN

OHRP ref: IRB00008712


Terms of Reference

Download Central Committee Terms of Reference (Word, 396 KB)

Membership and attendance

No meetings were postponed or cancelled due to inability to make quorum. Two new members were appointed to the Committee during 2015.

Mrs Helen Walker (Chair)
Membership category: Consumer/Community Perspectives
Date of appointment: 27 October 2015
Current term expires: 27 October 2018

Mrs Helen Walker is currently the Chairman of the Medical Sciences Council, Chairman of Audit for Health Hawkes Bay Ltd, a Kaitiaki/Guardian of the Turnbull Library and the owner and financial controller of Kilgaren Farming Partnership. She completed a Bachelor of Science at Massey University (1975) and a Certificate in Company Direction through the New Zealand Institute of Directors (2002). Mrs Walker is a previous Director of Unison Networks Ltd (2004-2010), the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board (2001-2007) and Chairman of the Central Hawke’s Bay Consumers Power Trust (1993-2003). On a voluntary basis she is the President of the Waipawa Musical and Dramatic Club (1999-present), a member of the Waipawa Municipal Theatre Refurbishment Trust and Trustee of the New Zealand Singing School.

Ms Sandy Gill
Membership category: Consumer/Community Perspectives
Date of appointment: 30 July 2015
Current term expires: 30 July 2018

Ms Sandy Gill has her own consulting company and also works on a voluntary basis with various community groups assisting with policy and procedure, writing programmes and evaluations, clinical supervision of staff, business plans and strategic planning.. Her qualifications include an MA in Management (Massey), a MA in Criminal Justice (Victoria), a Certificate in Clinical Supervision(CIT) along with post graduate qualifications in Dispute Resolution (Massey) and Human Resources (Victoria). She has also worked with offenders, youth at risk, and in the area of Maori mental health. She has a lifelong addiction to learning and loves to travel and learn about different cultures and history. She is Nga Puhi and the proud mother of three and nana of one and an Associate Member of AMINZ. 

Dr Cordelia Thomas
Membership category: The Law / Moral reasoning
Date of appointment: 20 May 2017
Current term expires: 20 May 2020

Dr Cordelia Thomas LLB (Otago), LLM(Hons) and PhD (VUW). Barrister and Solicitor  Cordelia is currently Associate Health and Disability Commissioner – Investigations. She was a Specialist Senior Legal Advisor to the Health and Disability Commissioner. She took up that position in 2009 after working as a Senior Legal Adviser to the Bioethics Council working at the Ministry for the Environment. Earlier, she was for many years a law lecturer at Wellington Polytechnic and then Massey University at Wellington. She is currently the New Zealand Law Society’s National Course Director of the Legal Executive Programme. Cordelia is the author of the 5th and 6th editions of Forsyth’s Outline of the Law Relating to Trusts Wills Executors & Administrators which the textbook recommended by the New Zealand Law Society for Estates Law and Practice. The 6th edition has been published in 2009.

Dr Dean Quinn
Membership category: Interventional Studies
Date of appointment: 27 October 2015
Current term expires: 27 October 2018

Dr Dean Quinn is a registered medical practitioner, currently the Manager of the Wellington P3 Research unit (2004-present). He has a particular interest in early phase respiratory clinical trials. Prior to this, he has completed a BSc (Hons) (1988) Victoria University of Wellington and MBChB (1993) at the University of Otago. He was formerly a member of the Central ethics committee (2009-2011) and Multi-region ethics committee (2011-2012).

Dr Patries Herst
Membership category: Intervention Studies
Date of appointment: 27 October 2015
Current term expires: 27 October 2018

Dr Patries Herst is currently a senior lecturer at the Department of Radiation Therapy, University of Otago, Wellington and a visiting scientist at Victoria University and the Malaghan Institute. She completed a PhD in cancer cell biology at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research/Otago University in Wellington (2006), a Master of Philosophy (microbiology) at Waikato University in Hamilton (1984) and a Master of Science (biology) at Nijmegen University (Netherlands) in 1982. Dr Herst conducts cell based medical research at the Malaghan Institute as well as clinical trials that investigate better management options for acute side effects caused by radiation therapy in various hospitals in New Zealand. She is the secretary of the New Zealand Oncological Society and the immediate past president of the Wellington Health and Biomedical Research Society. She is also a committee member of the Animal Ethics Committee at the University of Otago, Wellington and joined the Central HDEC as a non-lay member in July 2012. 

Dr Peter Gallagher
Membership category: health/disability service provision
Date of appointment: 1 July 2015
Current term expires: 1 July 2018

Dr Peter Gallagher is currently the Medical Education Advisor to the University of Otago Wellington. He holds a registration as a nurse and completed a PhD in education at Victoria University of Wellington. He has been involved in the education of health professionals for over 30 years with a particular interest in how the learning that eventuates from clinical practice may be enhanced. He was appointed to the Central HDEC as a non-lay member in July 2015.